Did I mention we are pet-less? No, well a couple of months ago our remaining cat (Kitty Q) had to be put down due to kidney failure. She belonged to my parents, so we took her in, which is another complicated story. We decided that we need a pet break, but now I see cute cats and dogs all over the place. I know it's just a matter of time before one "finds" us. I think that is how it happens- you see a dog and know that he should come home with you and then he tears up your house, but you don't care because he belongs. I must admit, the pet break has been nice - no litter box or cat hair to clean up, but we are also missing the comfort of a pet. I come from a family who had pets - cats named Fluffy, Menard, Itchy..Dogs named Sid, Killer, and Abercrombie (before it was a popular clothing store), dwarf rabbits that turned out to not be so petite, hamsters who escaped into walls and had to be saved by cutting a hole in the drywall, fish, turtles, lizards, and guinea pigs. My Dad was the one who said yes to the pets because his Dad would often come home with stray dogs. Some would stay and others were sent out with my Grandfather the next day by my Grandmother. At one point they had a monkey. Yes, a monkey. My Dad said during Christmas it climbed the tree and was throwing ornaments at the cat. I doubt we will end up with a monkey, but a dog or cat is in our near future. It didn't surprise me to find this kitten playing in the pumpkins, reminding me we need a pet, at the farm where we take our annual Fall photo.
Do you think they brought this kitten in to increase pumpkin sales?
We ate giant cookies and took pictures, which I will share later. I hope you had a nice weekend.
The October book club choice is Island by Aldous Huxley, which is from the Lost book list. I hope someone else reads it with me...please.
My in-laws have a trailer at a local camp ground where they spend most weekends in the Summer. Since it closes before Halloween, they had trick-or-treating this weekend. The kids had a good time, but now I am eating too much candy - we have this haul and the candy we bought because it was on sale, but will eat before Halloween.
It was cute to see how they decorated their trailers or tents; some went all out. I have to get my decorations out soon, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I'm planning a giveaway early next month to celebrate Halloween, unless the economy collapses and we have to wait in lines for government cheese. I'm sorry that I've been absent most of this week, but the kids are sick (again!) and my mind is fried. I hope next week is better.
Is Summer over already? It's time to pull out the cookbooks and find my half finished crafts. The bugs are looking for a way in, which is a sure sign that the warm season is ending. (warning: picture of spider at the end of this post)
My friends, it is time to be patriotic and reach into your pockets and help the poor Wall Street tycoons and Investment Banks. How can you ignore them shuffling their feet in $1,000 shoes, with dirty, sad faces? Oh sure they went a little "crazy" and sent our economy into the toilet, but now is not the time for finger pointing. How much do they need? 1 Trillion. How many zeros is that? Not sure.
I know, you lived within your means; bought a home you could afford, made things rather than buy them, bought an inexpensive car, and were careful with your money. Yes, the ones with their hands out lived like rock stars, spent money like drunken pirates, while you scraped by. But, imagine how awful it must be for them not to be able to buy a third vacation home or fly first class rather than on a private plane. The poor little guys.
I will not pretend to understand what has happened to our economy, since I only had one economics class in college (which is probably more than some of the candidates). But if I had to guess, it seems we created the world's biggest pyramid scheme, and someone just dropped out and it's now crumbling. So, I will wait for those in charge, who looked the other way while this was brewing, to write my bill. Thanks.
What would happen if 1 trillion was used for education or to end poverty?
Do you think the banks will give us free checking accounts now?
This recipe is from a vintage apple recipes book I picked up this summer. The kids are sick with beginning of the school year colds, so I've been behind this week. Enjoy the recipe:
2 cups apples, sliced
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour, sifted
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup chopped nuts
1 cup whipped cream
Arrange half of apples evenly on the bottom of a greased baking dish. Sprinkle over them half of the brown sugar. Add another layer of apples. Combine rest of sugar, the flour, and butter and spread evenly over top of apples. Press down edges of flour mixture and cut gashes in top to allow steam to escape. Bake in 350 F oven for one hour. Serve warm with whipped cream & chopped nuts.
Put an apple in your bag of potatoes to keep them from sprouting.
Add lemon juice to an apple recipe if the apples you're using lack tartness or flavor.
Eating a raw apple after a meal will cleanse the mouth of 95% of bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Best baking apples: Cortland, Golden Del., Grimes Golden, Rome Beauty, Stayman, Winesap
Good baking apples: Baldwin, Jonathan, McIntosh
Best pie apples: Golden Del., Jonathan, McIntosh, Transparent, Wealthy, Winesap
Good pie apples: Baldwin, Cortland, Grimes Gldn., Rome Beauty, Stayman
I read that the best apple pies are the ones that combine 3-4 different types of apples. Something to try.
What is your favorite apple? I love McIntosh and Honey Crisp.
I picked up some old cigar boxes from a store that gives them away and converted them into treasure boxes for my kids. They like to collect little things like rocks, smashed pennies, acorns, or other items that need a special place. I aired out the boxes a day in the sun, pulled some of the paper lining out of the box and painted the edges. If you are not as lazy as I am, I would recommend painting the entire box before you decoupage. Some of the images on the box peeked through the paper on places that were not painted.
I bought some vintage children's books and layered the images on the box, letting each layer dry before adding another. I would also recommend planning your design. I didn't and ended up cutting some pictures too small and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to "fix" things. I was inspired by Pixiegenne's lovely train cases, which are works of art. It was hard for me to cut the vintage books up, and I kept some of them intact because they were too sweet to cut.
I glued fabric on the inside, keeping it away from the edges so the box will close.
I'm going to redo the fabric on this one. I was running low on fabric glue, so I used another craft glue and it did not dry clear. There are also a lot of places that did not stick, so it looks bumpy. If you use a thick fabric for the lining, the missed spots will not be as noticeable. I want to find some pirate map paper and make one of these with a pirate theme. The kids seem to like their boxes and enjoy opening the lid and peeking at their tiny treasures.
What did we do this weekend? Stayed inside. It's been raining for 3 days straight, and our town is flooded. This is nothing compared to what the folks in Texas are enduring. Weather has a way of making you realize how little control we have.